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Grant quietly confident Portsmouth finding new stability

Portsmouth manager Avram Grant reckons there are grounds for optimism after Hong Kong-based businessman Balram Chainrai took control at Fratton Park.

However, the south-coast club face a winding-up order from HMRC over a £7.5million VAT bill, for which a High Court hearing is due on Wednesday.

Grant said: "I hope things will be more stable. It's important for the club. It's a unique club. The whole city is behind us.

"It was almost impossible in recent matches with all the mess and uncertainty. We didn't know where we were going, not just with the money situation.

"It was very difficult from the beginning. We were bottom of the league and it felt we had a storm over our head that was not connected to football.

"But even with this we showed that we play good football with good spirit and good character. The players go into every game with a lot of motivation."

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